the technology zone {online math games collections}


I teach math using a small group approach. When I am working with students in the teacher zone, I have students working at three other zones. This is how I set up a technology zone, a place for my kinders to practice math skills and Common Core standards using websites.

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Why I Created a Technology Zone

When I planned out what I wanted my guided math time to look like, I knew I wanted small enough groups to make it worthwhile and therefore needed a good set of other activities to engage students in.

Technology was the perfect solution in addition to using math gamesmath journals and me, the teacher!

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Before I begin to roll this zone {ahem, center or station would work too} out for you, let me preface by saying that I began using this before I had the technology within my classroom for a small group of up to 6 students. That was tricky but we made it work by using other resources. Let me also preface that I do not teach in a Title 1 school. We receive no cash in order to provide a subscription to programs for my kinders. I had to create my own if I wanted standards-specific material.

On a side note, I got to pilot Dreambox last year and wish I had it for my entire class. It works perfectly for a system like math zones! If you can get funding for it – I highly recommend it kindergarten teacher-to-kindergarten teacher. You can also purchase the ones I’ve made or make your own collection of favorite math activities to make it happen in your classroom.

How it Works

I created a set of pdf pages. Each page has a collection of standards-based game links that fit the three general levels of students in my classroom based on how I plan my math curriculum. I use dropbox to place the set of pages onto each computer in my classroom. When I update the file within the folder, it automatically is updated on every computer. (You can also upload it to your school’s network and it would work the same way!)

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Students click on the assigned week. This takes them to a page where they choose their general level. This allows me to differentiate the games my students play. We all have the accelerated, on target and needing additional support students… so there is a page of games for each level, for each set of weeks.

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What do the stars mean? They help me create levels and differentiate all kinds of math games and activities. The more stars = the more support needed. In my class it usually works out to have one group of 1 star, one group of 3 stars and two groups of 2 stars.

the technology zone {online math games collections} KindergartenWorksEach page of games lasts for 2 weeks. Since my students will only go to this zone 4 times within the 2 week time frame, they actually have the opportunity to play each game up to 4 times. Each page of games is simply a beautifully numbered list that students click on to play in order.

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There are 4 sets of games since we have 4 quarters in our school year. This first one only shows weeks 4-9 since we don’t officially start groups until we’re independent enough and understand how to stay on task.

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When students have completed the tasks, I have a set of math videos that they watch and learn from which helps make this feel more open-ended and allow for students in all levels to have common ground. I love that I can tell from across the classroom where someone is at just by glancing at the computer screen!

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Since these are a carefully collected set of math games online (none of which require a subscription), put together in a pdf – you should be able to use them on almost any device! If you can open both a pdf in Adobe Reader and internet links on your device, then you {{should}} be able to use these in your classroom. Though I would recommend it mainly for computer tablets, desktops and laptops. There are flash games I’ve linked to which won’t work on an iPad.

Technology Zone Game Tips

Here are my tips for using these:

  • Model completing the lesson page (with more explicit instruction early on) in small groups.
  • Model what the end of an activity looks like so students know when they’re expected to exit (eventually many sites will become familiar and they will not need as much direction).

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  • When students ask for help reply with, “What makes good sense?”
  • Use the ten frames under an activity’s title to model how many times you’d like them to repeat the activity.
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If you like this format, you may also like the combined math and language arts Computer Lab Lesson Plan Pages | (TpT) that we use in our regular computer lab times.

These help me work smart in the course of the school year and allow me to build technology into what we do everyday! Watch the video tutorial and see a sample.

cool math for kids collection - technology zone

Computer Center Math | Kindergarten | Cool Math for Kids | Differentiated | TN

Do you have any tips on using technology during math? If you like what I do here on KindergartenWorks, then be sure to subscribe today. I look forward to sharing ideas with you weekly.

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  • Stephanie

    Love these! Can’t get the link for quarter 3 to work though. And is there a quarter 1? I started using your Math Zones last year and love them!! So did my kids!

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Thanks Stephanie – so great to hear! There is a quarter 1, but it is so rough that I’m not brave enough to share it live 😉
      – Leslie

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  • Malissa Mobley

    If there are six kids per rotation do you have six computers? I only have two, so how would I make this work? : (

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hi Malissa, I have 5 student computers this year and a teacher computer, so I let them use that. You could potentially rotate using the computer or implement math books on CD or something else. We also brought in a parent volunteer to take a small group down to the computer lab one year. Sometimes it takes being very creative!

      – Leslie

  • tritonkory

    I am curious what you mean by “I do not teach in a Title 1 school. We receive no cash in order to provide a subscription to programs for my kinders.” I teach in a school that has Title(MN) and have never heard about any subscriptions. We have a Title teacher and EAs that work with our kids. Would love hear what money there might be out there for us to use. Thanks! Looking forward to looking into this as I have decided this year to try to doing math like this with small groups.

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Every school has allowances on how they can spend money. In a previous Title school, we were able to use monies to purchase academic subscriptions to online sites. Not every school or district allows for the same thing, but it might be worth mentioning if you’re interested. I highly recommend Dreambox for math.
      – Leslie

  • Lisa Carter

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!!!!! I have a set of Chromebooks in my room that I use but spend hours finding new activities for my kids to use. You have saved me SOOOOO much time!! And I LOVE that the differentiation is built in! You are my new best friend!!!

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Glad to hear you can use them! Will you store the pdf’s on a cloud somewhere for your students to access? I have a personal chromebook and thought that would be my way of making them accessible to students.
      – Leslie

  • Stacie Mandrell

    Hey Leslie! This is so fabulous…I think! :) I can’t seem to open the PDFs from dropbox. Im getting an error. Ideas? Also, this should work from iPads shouldn’t it? I have 5 in my room…wrote a Donors Choose grant last year and it was funded!

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hmmmm…. it’s working for me on my end Stacie. Perhaps try the downloads again? Tell me more about the error if it happens again. Should be able to use iPads – they are just pdfs with hyperlinks. Congrats on getting your project funded – so AWESOME!
      – Leslie

      • Stacie

        heehee, came across this blog post again and checked it out and the PDFs are indeed working but not all the links…sort of. Many links take me to a site that looks like it is foreign and also looks like I may need a loggin or account. Do I or are these the links you are talking about that aren’t all ready yet? Either way, this is an AMAZING resource…as usual!

        • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

          Hi Stacie, I need to upload the updated files with correct links. I’ve been away on vacation so I’ll need to hurry up and do that once I get home! Thanks for your kind compliments!
          – Leslie

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  • Michele

    I have been trying to download the math games PDF but keep getting different messages. One just says there is an problem and the other one said
    Error 404 The file you’re looking for has been moved or deleted.

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hi Michele,
      I’m sorry you’re having difficulties. I’m not sure why as I can’t recreate it on my end. My best advice is to try using google chrome as your web browser if you aren’t already.
      – Leslie

  • Beth

    I am a first year teacher– I can’t thank you enough for your resources and your heart for kindergarten! Your creativity and hard work has been a HUGE help (and I know it will continue to be as I start 2nd Quarter :))

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      You’re welcome Beth! I’m so glad to hear how helpful you find what I share. Best wishes as you continue on! You’re 1/4 of the way done!
      – Leslie

  • Emily Dale

    Leslie, thank you for the free technology Zone download!!! I will be using it to reinforce skills in my classroom. Lucky for me, I work in a Title 1 school so I have access to 6 iPads a day! That’s 6 kiddos who can go to the technology zone at one time!!! Thanks again
    Emily Dale

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Oooooh, you are so fortunate to have those! Enjoy – that seems like an ideal situation to get all kids on task!
      – Leslie

  • Jennie

    You’re awesome Leslie! I’m always amazed at what you do for your students. And….I a always so greatful about how you share your knowledge and resources with other kindergarten teachers like me. THANK YOU!

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hi Jennie,
      Thanks! Enjoy!
      – Leslie

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